Hello June, where are we going this month; when are we going; and will we wonder why we've left it so long? Below is a taster of what's on around the region – there's something to whet your appetite even if you're on a budget or pressed for time. Events range in price from free to very affordable – how can you resist?
Check out the tourist offices regularly for the latest information using the contact details as shown.
T: 968 652 244
Sunday 4th – the monthly El Zacatín Artisan Market flies back in time to 1690 with a Baroque theme focused on the story of Bullas' independence from the municipality of Cehegin.
The market is set in the streets of Plazas Vieja and Del Castillo from 9am to 2pm and always delights with a range of crafted goods and local produce.
Sunday 4th – Free Guided Tour of Bullas c. 1900, in Spanish, yet it's a great way to explore the town for future visits; often guides do speak some English. 11am/ midday/1pm – it's best to pre-book via the Tourist Office, but tickets can be collected from the tourist info point in the market place 15 mins before departure.
T: 968 745 325
Lest We Forget: there is now a Murcia branch of the Royal British Legion established in Calasparra.
Friday 9th – Free Guided Tour - learn all about the history of Calasparra on a Spanish-speaking, 2-hour tour starting at 8.30pm from the Tourist Office. There is a map of the route available to take (or for your own use at any time) and it's a good way to discover the heritage of Calasparra. Take water and wear comfy shoes as you will be ascending into the old quarter en route.
T: 968 702 424
An itinerant exhibition to promote the Jubilee Year in Caravaca: The Cruces 0f Caravaca comprise 20 works by contemporary artists from across Murcia region, on show in the Corredera until 8th June.
Sunday 18th – 1½hr Free Guided Tour of the historical quarter in Spanish (English info boards abound) starts at Castle and Basilica at 11.15am. Guides often speak English and leaflets in English available. Pre-book via Tourist Office and for parking and directions info.
Art Exhibition opening on 1st July through to November. The Glory of the Renaissance features renowned artwork from the Prado Museum. Contact Tourist Office for more info.
T: 968 723 550
The Archaeological See of Begastri is opened for tours on Saturdays and Sundays 10.10am/11.15am/12.20pm - 2€ pp. The tour begins with a video presentation followed by a guided tour to see the remains of the Iberian culture before the IV century B.C. A guided tour in English will be on demand.
The Eco Park (Tourism Activity Park) 'Coto de las Maravillas' has activities for all the family with a choice of paintballing, horse riding, an assault course, a Quidditch pitch as well as much more for all ages. The campsite has refreshments available in the bar. The park is open throughout each weekend. Tel 691 200 353 or go to www.cotodelasmaravillas.com
The next Car Boot sale will be in October.
T: 968 780 237
The Bodegas of Jumilla invite you to enjoy Live Music this June/July with wine tasting and nibbles for only 25€ pp – tickets direct from each bodega:
3rd June: Bodegas Luzón - Music from Moytopía (Moy Gomar).
Tel 968 784 135
10th June: Bodegas y Viñedos Casa de la Ermita - Music from Magic Bus.
Tel 607 217 018/968 783 035
17th June: Bodegas San Isidro (BSI) - Music provided by Upside Down. Tel 968 780 700/657 342 344
24th June: Bodegas Viña Elena - Laramie.
Tel 968 781 340/610 900 220
1st July: Bodegas Hacienda del Carche - Live music. Tickets: 968 975 941/600 479 005
Monday 5th - Free Theatrical Guided Tour in Spanish introduces the former Iberian site of Coimbra del Barranco Ancho which lies approximately 4km from the site of modern Jumilla. Local actors recreate an Iberian funeral rite using reproductions of vessels and implements recovered from the site during excavations. Own transport is required to drive to the site, 4km from the meeting point at 11am at the market place (Plaza del Mercado).
Saturday 10th – Visit the Convento de Santa Ana and explore some of the interior of the convent and the chapel. Learn from the interesting museum and relax in the beautiful grounds which also look over the far-reaching countryside and town below. Open from 5.30pm. Only 1€ pp for a guided tour.
Sunday 18th – combine an Historical Tour through the old quarter with refreshment visits to various bodegas. The route: Casco Historico includes the 19th century Teatro Vico and the Casa Honda, currently the Casa del Artesano, which was built in the 16th century. 1€ pp and starts 11am from the door of the Teatro Vico. More info from Tourist Office.
T: 968 730 208
Saturdays and Sundays during June – 2½hr Visit Castillo Fortaleza of Moratalla. 6pm – 2€ entry to the Castle – book at Tourist Office
T: 968 661 501
Sunday 11th June - Free Guided Tour in Spanish of the centre of historic Mula. Leaflets in English available from Tourist Office. 11.30am from Tourist Office in Convento de San Francisco. The tour coincides with the monthly Artisan Market Mercadillo de los 4 Plazas.
T: 968 358 749
Friday 2nd – Free Concerts - immerse yourself in music and nature in the squares around the Cathedral of Murcia. Students from the Conservatorio de Musica perform a variety of works to a backdrop of projected images highlighting regional landscapes and wildlife. 8.30pm and 9.30pm.
Exhibition until 9th July - The Museo de Bellas Artes is hosts to urban art works by 85 renowned graffiti artists from around the world including Spain at the Mubam: Tuesday to Friday 10am-2pm & 5pm-8pm; Saturday 11am-2pm & 5pm-8pm; Sundays and public holidays 11am-2pm.
Exhibition until 16th July - The Palacio Almudi hosts a collection of artwork dedicated to Murcian and European artists of the 20th century, part of the collection of the Obra Social de Caja Mediterraneo.
Photographic Exhibition by José Manuel Navia: Salzillo. La vida en torno. until 24th June @ The Espacio Molinos del Río Caballerizas, a museum complex with an historic watermill with additional free exhibits. Mon to Sat 10am-2pm and 5pm-8pm (closed Sunday and festival days).
Saturday 10th – 3rd "Moon Bike" Season continues between 10K and 15K with no steep climbs involved. Start in Glorieta de Espana (in front of Murcia Town Hall) by the River Segura, cycling out to Alquibla this month. Start 8.30pm. No pre-registration required. Your cycles should have adequate lighting, bell and you should wear light coloured, or reflective, clothing and a cycle helmet in urban areas. Those under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Municipal bikes are available two days prior on 968 200 293. Adjustment to your bike is available an hour before the start. The Tourist Office has a full list of routes and start times.
Saturday 17th – Free Guided Tour in Spanish - Murcia Clásica - showcasing the rich history and heritage of the city centre. The Tourist Office has maps and some leaflets in English. Start 10.30am from Tourist Office in Plaza de Belluga, on to the Cathedral, the Palacio Episcopal, Plaza de los Apóstoles, Museo de San Juan de Dios, Plaza de la Cruz, the Casino, Calle Trapería, Plaza de Santo Domingo and concludes in the Plaza de Romea, where the theatre is located. Pre-booking essential via Tourist Office.
T: 968 754 104
Saturday 10th – Free Guided Tour in Spanish - be entertained with the history and folklore of Yecla. Start from the highest point overlooking the town, the Sanctuary of the Virgen del Castillo. You'll learn why the castle is no longer there, enjoy stunning panoramic views as you work your way down to the town and visit the museum of the fiestas and sample local wines. Starts 11am. Pre-booking essential at Tourist Office.
Saturday 17th – El Oleoturismo y La Industria en Yecla - Guided Tour 3€ - discover more about Yecla, its wine, olive oil production and furniture industry. Visit the Deortegas Olive Oil Mill and then have an introduction to the various aspects of the traditional furniture industry. Distance between locations requires your own transport. Wear suitable walking shoes. Starts 11am. Book via Tourist Office with info on the itinerary and meeting point.